We live in a world where the next best thing is already a thing of the past, thanks to social media. Where we hear any and everything from news stations as long as their channel is the first to let us know. Where the spread of epidemics, mass hysteria, famine, economic distress, and the end of the world is on everyone’s minds due to the screens in front of them. These are just a few of the subjects that have been turning the globe upside down since the start of 2020. Thankfully, the internet is also keeping everyone connected and almost sane.
People are learning how to interact differently. Even children are dependent on it more than ever as a means to education for the upcoming school year. What we do with the internet, how we utilize it, is vital to how it can benefit people in these troubling times. The internet was once a luxury to some and is now a necessity to everyone. To communicate with loved ones, stay informed, and even for things people used to take for granted, like shopping from home.
Did you know –despite over 22 million Americans filing for unemployment (see chart below from The Washington Post)— since the coronavirus hit the nation, America has seen an exceptionally high increase of online shopping?
Online buying has never been more popular. Sure, states are reopening, and some businesses are too. Yet we still see the elderly fearing for their lives in grocery stores, even with a mask on, and others who cannot wear masks due to health conditions or phobias, keeping them away from public places. Not to mention the thousands of stores that were shut down due to the risk of spreading the virus that have yet to open up again, and financial obligations that closed some businesses indefinitely. It makes sense that there would be a rise in online purchases.
According to The New York Times, the spike in online sales happened after Americans received their first stimulus check (see chart below), which aided in a surge of online shopping later in April. If the internet were not accessible, what exactly would people be doing for essential items? They would be growing their own food and sewing their own clothes, which some people are great at doing; but the rest of us? Not so much. The comfort of online shopping proves to be an essential part of the internet and is something that is helping online businesses stay afloat.
Though the internet might seem like an awful place with everything going on, without the internet, people would be in even more chaos than they are now. Online businesses seem to be the only ones doing as good as normal. So, what could people do as unemployment rises and online sales increase? Here’s a thought, why not start an online business? It doesn’t even have to be a business you are passionate about; it just has to be something that would sell right now.
A popular money maker during this time is recycled (used) clothing. Everyone loves shopping, but no one likes paying the highest price for something they could get cheaper elsewhere. Since there are so many people out of work, no one wants splurge on anything new, but they still want the satisfaction of buying things they want that they can afford. If you are someone who is staying home, think of the things people are willing to spend on, get creative, and start selling— boom, online work.
Being a legitimate business owner entails a lot of other legal requirements, but starting small on resale cites like Mercari, Poshmark, eBay etc. is something anyone can do to make some extra cash. It’s the perfect time to make money while cleaning out your house. There are so many opportunities as well as advantages during this time of global stress. Use the internet! Find your niche. You got this!
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Like most tech. installations, low voltage installations keep costs low, keep families and businesses safe, and keep us up with the times. Technology changes so rapidly because it’s constantly getting better, more efficient, quicker, smarter etc. For this reason, it’s good to update your smart systems. The great thing is you don’t always have to update the whole system. Integrating new parts as time goes on can keep your systems running smooth as ever.
Security systems are important to keep up to date. Always check to make sure that camera quality, alarms, locks, and sensors are all working properly. Security systems are easy to maintain. They usually last, with no updates, for about ten years. Some people might recommend checking them before that, but We Are More installs high quality products that should be good to go for at least that long.
Camera’s play a big role, if not the biggest, in any security system. Making sure to switch out your security camera’s every 10 years is recommended, or even every 8 years if you’re trying to stay ahead. Clarity in day and night vision images shouldn’t be questionable. Visibility is the purpose of a camera. It should be easy to distinguish between objects, if it isn’t, you probably need an upgrade.
Alarm systems can differ but if you’ve had an alarm system for up to 5 or 7 years and you notice it isn’t working so well, that doesn’t always mean it’s done for. The first step would be to change the batteries. That will usually have your system up and running good as new. After switching out batteries, if the system still doesn’t function properly, you probably have a system that is out of date, and you guessed it—time for an upgrade!
Sensor systems are part of alarm systems. They are the reason an alarm will go off. If a sensor system isn’t working correctly, it might be time to change sensors but not necessarily the whole alarm system. The best way to find out if sensors are working the way they should is to test them yourself. See if your sensors detect your movement. For more detailed information on sensors, check out this blog on The Beginner’s Guide to Motion Sensors.
Smart locks are the heart of your security system. When all else fails, smart locks probably won’t. Smart locks are meant to last the longest out of all components of a smart system. Deciding when to change out a lock is situational rather than malfunctional. The obvious reasons are as follows: somehow random people have your smart lock information (this contributes to having multiple roommates and letting employees go; when someone moves out or leaves the business, change the lock), the physical smart lock is damaged in some way, or if you lose a smart device connected to your security system and/or you forget or lose your key code.
If you have any further questions or want a free consultation, don’t hesitate to contact We Are More. They’d love to help keep you, your business, and your home safe and secure.
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Depending on others can be hard. What if no one is around? How do you find a reliable person? What if something comes up and they can’t do what they promised? Well, it’s a good thing technology can take loads of responsibility. It takes a good team to make a business grow, and technology is the MVP.
Closing hours aren’t always the best. Locking every door, turning off every light, and checking inventory can be a lengthy process. Why not save your time? Seems like a no brainer!
Smart locks can be a huge help for any business. Whether your building has one door or twelve, install smart locks to use time more efficiently. Open and close by unlocking and locking up any (or every) door with the touch of a button on a smart device. Yes, it can be that simple!
Smart lights can be used the same way. Never worry about leaving a light on or forgetting to turn one on in a certain area. Just use a smart device to control the lights whether you’re in the building, just left, or about to arrive for work. With a larger business, smart control panels can be installed so employees can control everything from the same place.
Smart inventory management is a must for majority of businesses. Restaurants, warehouses, stores and so on. Using smart inventory tracking will give you and your employees more time to use work hours on other priorities, keep track of all your inventory, make sure that your business is always stocked, and never have to double count products again.
There are multiple ways to use smart technology in businesses. Above are just three of countless other control tactics to save time, money, and energy. For any further questions or a free consultation, contact We Are More! They want to help you save.
Below is a chart taken from Insight to show the rise of small businesses spending on IT from 2011 to 2017, which shows the positive effects technology has had in growth terms for many businesses.
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The words “Digital Display” make me think of those giant screens in the airports that show all the inbound and outgoing flights and where their gates are. Which only account for one of the innumerable options there are with digital display systems. Ranging from digital clock and whether displays on a bedside table, to the big screens projecting music artists at their concerts.
There are so many types of digital display systems. Each holding a different range of importance. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have digital displays with more functionality? Scoreboards, for example, are a type of digital display that make games more enjoyable. When someone makes a score, we can see it change in less than a second. I enjoy that a lot more than waiting for someone to manually change out the numbers. But what if the scoreboard could be used for other things during the week, like during hosted events?
We are More recently input digital display screens at a local gym. These screens will be used as scoreboards, but there are more than one and they’re all multi-functional. With this being the case, these screens can also host sponsor logos, video shots, promotional ads, and more. Spending money on individual displays doesn’t have to be the case anymore – it hasn’t been for a while.
Whether it’s singular or multifunctional, having digital display systems are a good idea for businesses, gyms, schools, office buildings, cruise ships, billboards, churches and – well the list goes on. Give We Are More a call with any further questions or a free consultation!
Whole building audio; it’s fun, relaxing, and establishes the mood for any setting. There’s only one thing you’re missing, an installation team. You might be wondering why you can’t just set up speakers on our own. You could, it just wouldn’t be the same as We Are More installing it for you.
Let’s imagine you trying to give your house “whole building audio.” You go out, buy all the speakers, wait, do you know which speakers to buy? Which speaker goes where? Should you get the big ones or the little ones? Which brand is going to last the longest? I guess google could help with that right? Yeah, let’s move on.
Okay, so you get the speakers, and you start setting them up in the kitchen. Do speakers go in the kitchen? What about the bathroom? Do you need them in there? Is the garage considered part of the “whole building audio” space? Hmmm, Google could help with that too, I’m sure. We’ll just skip that.
So, you’re setting up your sound system in the kitchen, then you start looking for outlets, because they need power— hold on, does this mean you’re going to have wires running through your kitchen? Yes. Do you want that? I sure hope not. The only way google could help at that point would be to help you look up someone to hide the wires for you.
Lets back up, after all the hard work of getting the speakers, rearranging your house to get them in a spot that has potential, and spending a lot of time trying to hide wires, you finally realize that you should’ve just hired We Are More to get everything done for you.
We Are More would make sure you get the best quality speakers and the right types, they would set them up in optimal spots that make sense, and they’d make sure that all wires are hidden with a mess free finish that leaves you wondering how they did it. No need to fuss with uncertainty again.
Stores, office buildings, and houses come to life with whole building audio. Next time you or anyone you know wants to install “whole building audio,” save the trouble for another day and hire We Are More! Smart service at its finest.
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A smart restroom seems like a silly topic. People use the restroom to use the toilet, shower, bathe, change clothes, and then they’re out. Having a smart restroom, however, is less about what you do in there and more about how your experience is. I know that sounds funky but keep reading.
Walking into commercial restrooms have always been an event for me. I mentally prepare myself before walking in, "I hope it doesn't smell. I hope I won't have to touch the faucet. Please let there be soap in the dispensers. I hope there will be paper towels left." The way public restrooms make people feel stick with them. Example: Walmart is a great place for buying decently priced picture frames, but when I think of their restrooms an image of cold steal and hospital white floors comes to mind. I usually want to get in and out of there as quickly as I can.
Recently, I used a restroom that was one of the nicest I’d ever seen in a Walmart. Warm lighting complemented the mahogany walls and tan stone pictured tiles, the temperature was controlled at a perfect warmth, and the hand dryers worked in seconds—the orchids sitting between each sensor activated sink were the cherry on top. It was a SMART RESTROOM, and it completely changed the mood of the store for me. That Walmart is now my favorite one to go to. Their picture frames cost just as much as the other Walmart’s, but their bathroom is kept up, clean, and smart, leaving me with a resort like feel and a happier shopping experience.
Commercial smart restrooms say a lot about their company, and they do a lot for their companies too. Increased visits by loyal customers for one; I never want to use a restroom in any other Walmart but that one ever again. If a smart business is something an owner wants to expand on, I recommend starting with a smart restroom.
Don’t trust me? Try out a smart bathroom in your home and you’ll understand. Commercial and residential smart restrooms are a little different, only because a residential smart restroom has a lot more options—smart tubs, smart showers, heated toilet seats etc. But any smart change is a good change! As said by Mike Slawson in his article about smart restrooms, “A smart restroom is a smart investment.”
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Smart technology, used for a business, home, or marine vessel is all connected by one advantage: management. Easier management control is what makes every smart system important (amount all the other great qualities). Some people think of smart technology as a luxury, when it’s a lot more than that—especially in the medical field, but it goes beyond hospitals.
The number health benefits of smart technology are many! Imagine a world that helps elderly people or those with special needs. Guess what? You don’t have to imagine something that’s real!
Here is a short idea list of smart uses of technology for the benefit of those with medical conditions:
-Smart Medication Pillboxes
These pill boxes can remind people to take their medications at the right times, so they never skip another pill.
Detection devices that have alerts imbedded in their technology are literal life savers. Home security systems, smart stoves, smart refrigerators, and more. Other devices include smart doorbells and locks that can be controlled from a remote or a phone. With these devices, people can identify the person at the door before letting them in – or reminders to lock the door.
Most smart remotes are used to limit the number of remotes in a home in general for better and hassle-free control of smart systems like the thermostat. Whether it’s a smart control panel or a handheld remote, smart devices can be controlled from one area of the house so that people can sit comfortably without worrying about having to get up as often.
-Smart Audio Assistants
Amazon Echo speakers are one of the best virtual assistants! Play music, play games, check the weather, check the time, call anyone in your contacts, or even 911, the list goes on.
There is an endless amount of safety features that could be installed/implemented into any home or business for a simpler lifestyle!
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There has been a deadly outbreak called the “Wuhan Coronavirus” that originated in Wuhan China. It has been spreading through a number of cities and other countries in Asia. Most of China is on lock down. The virus can “mutate easily and can jump from animals to humans,” which is what makes it such a fast spreading disease—it’s so fast that since the beginning of the outbreak in December, two cases of the virus have already been found in the U.S, and three cases have been identified in Europe within the last three hours.
What does this have to do with technology? Specifically speaking, it has to do with IoT. In a previous article we brought up what exactly IoT is, and its benefits. When it comes to deadly outbreaks, IoT is the reason we know about outbreaks over seas so we can prepare and control the spread. The Wuhan virus moves rapidly but thanks to IoT we can track, monitor, and hopefully prevent a further spread. These are all huge advantages, especially for this virus that has no vaccine.
The best thing that IoT does in these situations is tracking the disease. As mentioned above, the Wuhan virus is already making its way across Asia and has entered the United States, and Europe—this is vital information that is only possible through IoT. Why is it important? Is that a real question? We know that the virus is spreading through Asia, if you were planning a trip there anytime soon, you’d probably change your flight arrangements. Not that China is letting anyone in or out of China anyway, but it’s nice to know before getting to the airport.
A total of 41 people have been confirmed dead due to the virus, including the most recent 15 deaths that occurred in a single day. We only have this information because of IoT. Though it’s sad to hear, it’s necessary for a number of reasons other than “travel plans.” Stay connected, informed, and safe in real time with IoT.
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Humans have always been inventive. From the first lightbulb to electric cars and everything before and in between, humans have thought, “how can we make technology work for us?” Which is the whole purpose behind Tech companies and electrical contractors, like We Are More.
Some people find “smart” automation to be frivolous and surrounded by giant dollar signs. Technology only becomes a waste of money when used inadequately. A person wouldn’t add a spare room onto their home if they had no use for it. However, if they had a relative moving in with them or a baby on the way, building a new room would be beneficial. The same goes for tech, you don’t have to be a mathematician to figure that out.
Using technology to help yourself is the goal. Just to have something for no purpose than to have it is a luxury and that’s when it can become a waste. The cool thing is that all technology is created with a purpose in mind, for a better and more efficient future. Tech is only useless when it’s not being used. The importance of technology leans highly on economics.
Tech changes so quickly that children are being trained to do jobs that don’t even exist yet. These jobs include use of technology that hasn’t even been invented with the purpose of fixing issues that have yet to be surfaced. Children born in the post millennial generation will be the smartest, most advanced, and business minded generation due to having parents who are smarter than the preceding generations and from growing up in a time where an abundance of technology already exists.
Since humans are the product creators, the predictions of future tech and advancement will always come true. Technology is man made aka a human "thing." Staying up to date and keeping your business, home, and lifestyle in the present with technology will keep you moving in the right direction. Technology effects everything we do, whether we notice it or not.
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Are you a people person? Do you like hosting cookouts or game day socials? Have you ever thought of an outdoor entertainment system for your guests? Throwing a few steaks on the grill is always enjoyable, but unless you’re busy being the chef, your guests might want something to keep their mind off the smell of food. We Are More doesn’t just work on the indoors of a home, they’re here to help with the outdoors too.
Think “Home Theater” but outside! If you’re sketchy about weather effecting the longevity of a flat screen in the elements of your yard, opt for a projector screen instead! The projector can be covered, and the screen can be retracted. A projector is the perfect solution for movie nights under the stars, gameday brunches, or kids’ parties.
Once you’ve got the screens, move on to the tunes. Sound systems are important for any theater, but surround sound isn’t just for the big screen. Camouflaged outdoor speakers can fit into any landscape, and separate or connect to indoor sound systems creating virtual sound that follows you through any part of your home. Play background music for a quiet dinner party on the deck or crank the volume up for a summer bash by the pool. Whatever the sound level is, use outdoor speakers to keep the party flowing in/outdoors with smart audio systems.
Speaking of parties, we can’t forget lights! If you’re not the flashing neon strobe light type, don’t worry, we have other types up our sleeve. Maybe you’d like a cool blue illuminating the shrubbery along the driveway, or an ivory hue on the deck for a candlelight effect. Whatever your preference and style may be, outdoor lighting doesn’t just change the mood of your night but also enhances the look of your home.
Theater screens, audio, and lighting are all components to build the ultimate outdoor entertainment experience. If you already have one or two of these, why not complete the package? Give We Are More a call for an outdoor automation consultation!
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Samara Shaw does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing. She produces content to give our audience more insight and opinions on technical solutions big and small.